The Toronto Maple Leafs reacquired forward David Clarkson and a fourth-round pick in the NHL Entry Draft from the Vegas Golden Knights in return for goaltender Garret Sparks on July 23.
Sparks, who backed up starter Fredrik Andersen, played in 20 games last season with the Leafs, posting a 8-9-1 record with a 3.15 goals against average and a .902 save percentage.
Clarkson last played in 2015-2016 with the Columbus Blue Jackets before suffering what would become a career-ending back injury. The 35-year-old spent the two previous seasons with the Leafs, who had signed the big winger to a seven-year $36.75 million dollar free agent deal.
The Leafs also announced that they have signed goaltender Michael Neuvirth to a professional tryout contract. The former Philadelphia Flyers goaltender got into only seven games last season because of injuries, posting a 1-4-1 record with a 4.27 goals against average and a .859 save percentage.
The 31-year-old has also played for the Washington Capitals, Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders, appearing in 257 games. He compiled a 105-93-26 record with a 2.71 goals against average and .910 save percentage.
A second-round pick (34th overall) of Washington in 2006, Neuvirth is expected to battle Michael Hutchinson for the backup job behind Andersen.